Discovery Communications and VolunteerMatch Partner to Inspire Volunteerism

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Discovery Communications! Check out the press release below, followed by the PSA Discovery has created to encourage viewers to give back to their local communities!

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS AND VOLUNTEERMATCH PARTNER TO INSPIRE VOLUNTEERISM ACROSS THE U.S.

VolunteerMatch and Discovery partner to promote volunteerism[April 12, 2016] – Discovery Communications, a purpose-driven company built on satisfying curiosity, entertaining and inspiring global audiences, is extending its partnership with VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, as a national media partner to raise awareness and drive volunteerism. Coinciding with the 42nd National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), the partnership kicks off with a national Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign. The PSA begins airing this week across all of Discovery’s 13 U.S. networks. To learn more, visit discovery.com/volunteermatch.

Launching this week, Discovery has created the new PSA to encourage viewers to give back to their local communities through volunteerism. By leveraging the power and reach of its networks, the company will market VolunteerMatch to increase awareness in volunteerism to its passionate viewers.  VolunteerMatch technology will be integrated into Discovery Communications’ digital platforms to make it easier for viewers to find volunteer opportunities in their communities. Additionally, DCI’s network of other nonprofit partners will now be connected with VolunteerMatch to extend their reach to potential volunteers.

As a volunteer management platform service provider, VolunteerMatch has been an important tool in supporting Discovery Communications’ purpose-driven culture. VolunteerMatch works to bring “good people & good causes together” by matching individuals with a non-profit in need of skills.

“We are inspired by the Discovery team’s extraordinary commitment to help us share the promise of every volunteer finding their special opportunity to make a difference,” says Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch President.

“Our deepening partnership with VolunteerMatch and commitment to encourage viewers to make a greater impact builds off Discovery Communications’ 30-year heritage as a purpose-driven company,” adds David Leavy, Discovery Communications’ Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer.  “Volunteerism is in our DNA.  Every year, thousands of our employees donate their time through a number of initiatives that give back to the communities where we live and work. We are proud to pair our passionate fans with VolunteerMatch’s vast network of worthy causes and projects to promote volunteerism nationwide.”

Discovery Communications is dedicated to giving back in the communities where employees live and work. In 2015, the company’s employees volunteered 30,000 hours across the globe through the company’s annual day of global volunteerism, “Discover Your Impact Day.” Discovery’s other major initiatives include making prom possible for deserving teen girls and boys through “Say Yes to the Prom,” and igniting a global campaign about the plight of endangered species through RACING EXTINCTION and its accompanying call-to-action #StartWith1Thing.

About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, serving 100,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $8.5 billion worth of volunteer services. Learn more about VolunteerMatch at www.volunteermatch.org.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the leader in global entertainment reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery satisfies curiosity, entertains and inspires viewers with high-quality content through global brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and through the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio, including Seeker and SourceFed. Discovery owns Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

Media Contacts:
Bree von Faith
VolunteerMatch
news@volunteermatch.org

Elizabeth Hillman
Discovery Communications
Elizabeth_Hillman@Discovery.com

CONNECT YOUR PASSION WITH A PURPOSE PSA

VolunteerMatch’s Newest Addition: Meet Basil Sadiq, Marketing Associate

Basil Sadiq, the newest member of the VolunteerMatch team

Basil Sadiq, the newest addition to the VolunteerMatch team

You may begin to notice a new name on Engaging Volunteers — Basil Sadiq.

Basil recently joined the VolunteerMatch team after spending a few years in corporate and nonprofit communications, where he helped organizations leverage design, content, and their community to draft and share compelling content.

Get to know the newest member of our team through this short interview!

  • Give us your elevator speech — what do you do at VolunteerMatch?
    I help nonprofits and volunteers engage better with each other by posting impactful tips and stories on VolunteerMatch’s website, blog, newsletter, and social media platforms.
  • What brought you to VolunteerMatch?
    I’m a firm believer in bringing your passion with you to work, wherever you work — and I’m very passionate about connecting good people with great causes.
  • What is the most inspiring part of your job so far?
    Knowing that my role helps nonprofits and volunteers find each other by matching the right people with the right opportunities. I enjoy contributing to our online channels — especially the blog and social — and expanding our leadership’s online presence in the volunteering space.
  • Are you a volunteer yourself? If so, what do you do?
    In the past, I’ve helped construct 28 single-family homes in San Francisco’s Ocean View district through Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

    San Francisco residents are all too familiar with the city’s housing crisis. That’s where Habitat comes in: they help build and sell “simple, decent, and affordable housing” to those in need. Volunteering with Habitat was a way for me to do my part to help alleviate the city’s housing crisis by giving back to my community.
  • If you were to start a foundation or a nonprofit, what would its mission be?
    Here in the U.S. we’re fortunate to have social service organizations that assist immigrants with their transition. While there are many great organizations out there, I would like to focus my nonprofit on Syrian refugees immigrating to the United States by helping them acclimate better to their new communities. My nonprofit’s mission would be to help Syrian refugees feel more welcome by gifting them care packages and English-learning material upon arrival.
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
    I moved to San Francisco two years ago, in part, because of the city’s mild year-round weather. In my free time I enjoy exploring the city, hiking the Bay Area’s parks and peaks, visiting museums, watching movies, and giving back to my community.

Learn more about Basil, his history, and the cool projects he’s worked on by visiting basilsadiq.com. Please join us in welcoming him to the VolunteerMatch team!

LinkedIn’s $18.6 Million In-Kind Gift to Help Nonprofits Attract Skilled Volunteers

LinkedIn for Good LinkedIn renews commitment to social sector and the promise of skilled volunteering

In June of 2014, VolunteerMatch announced a game-changing partnership with LinkedIn For Good that automatically reposts every skilled volunteer opportunity created on VolunteerMatch to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace — and with it the potential to reach LinkedIn’s 400 million members.

This is the promise of the nonprofit sector partnering with the tech sector to take social change to scale.

Everyday VolunteerMatch is now republishing nearly 40,000 skilled volunteer opportunities from tens of thousands of local causes across the country looking for passionate and talented volunteers.

LinkedIn announced the Volunteer Marketplace in 2014 and described it as an extension of LinkedIn doing what it does best — “connecting talent with opportunity at massive scale.” For VolunteerMatch, it has been a high-leverage opportunity to expand the market for skilled volunteering and better serve the 100,000+ nonprofits already using VolunteerMatch to find the volunteers they need.

And the impact goes beyond VolunteerMatch’s nonprofit members. LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace is also working with other exceptional organizations challenging the status quo like Taproot, BoardSource and Catchafire.

Since launch, LinkedIn has become VolunteerMatch’s #1 network partner, engaging nearly a million new volunteers and giving tens of thousands of nonprofits unprecedented access to the volunteer skills they need to advance their mission. It’s matched a wide range of talented professionals with ways to use their experience and skills to help their communities. And it’s brought well-deserved attention to the concept of skills-based volunteering and broadened the concept to include not only consulting and technical skills, but also talent and experience in education and the arts.

How does it work? Let’s look at just one example we recently profiled.

Last year, Mercy Housing posted on VolunteerMatch for a skilled yoga instructor to teach a weekly class to its senior residents. This opportunity was automatically reposted to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace. Hannah, browsing LinkedIn, found the opportunity, and was immediately interested. She’d grown up with volunteering, but it wasn’t until she found a way to use her specialized skills to give back that she realized how enjoyable and fulfilling volunteering could be.

And Hannah is not alone. Since VolunteerMatch’s partnership with LinkedIn began, we’ve connected more than 100,000 interested volunteers with opportunities to put their talents to good use.

Giving the social sector world-class access to volunteers in a connected world is what VolunteerMatch is all about. We are breaking down barriers to close an engagement gap that frustrates and marginalizes the promise of everyone finding their opportunity to make a difference.

This commitment from LinkedIn for Good provides VolunteerMatch’s nonprofit members with access to the equivalent of $18.6 million dollars worth of free recruiting services, because LinkedIn believes every nonprofit should be able to find the talent and connection they need to succeed.

If you are interested in joining the 10,000,000 LinkedIn members already participating in the program just add the Volunteer & Causes field to your LinkedIn profile and indicate that you are interested in ‘skills-based volunteering’ opportunities.

If you are a nonprofit just make sure all your VolunteerMatch opportunities are tagged by skill and we will do all the rest.

On behalf of all the amazing people and causes we serve, I want to thank the LinkedIn for Good team, and our amazing board member Meg Garlinghouse, for this opportunity to come together to put the power of technology to good use.

Interested in partnering with VolunteerMatch? Find out how.

VolunteerMatch + Causecast: New Partnership Increases the Power of Corporate Volunteerism

VolunteerMatch and Causecast launch partnership

As a nonprofit, VolunteerMatch believes in making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. We also believe we aren’t the only ones who hold this belief, and that by joining forces with other like-minded organizations, we can create an even greater impact together.

That’s why we’re so excited by this week’s announcement of our partnership with Causecast, a smart and innovative corporate giving and volunteering platform and like-minded organization.

Together we’ve created a new opportunity that promises to not only serve more businesses interested in giving back but also better serves the 100,000+ nonprofits using VolunteerMatch to more effectively tap into the skills and talents of volunteers across the county.

Causecast is the first CSR platform to take advantage of VolunteerMatch’s new Network Access Provider program to allow its customers and their employees to access the entire VolunteerMatch network seamlessly within their application. It will give Causecast’s customers 100,000 new opportunities to make their volunteering programs more strategic, scalable and irresistible while making it easier for the nonprofit sector to find the talented volunteers they need.

Corporate volunteerism is on the rise. If you don’t believe me, just look at the latest Giving in Numbers report by CECP. It shows that the number of large companies offering paid volunteer time off (VTO) rose by 5% from 2012 to 2014, and corporate pro bono programs grew by 11% in that same timeframe. The benefits for companies, employees, and communities are well-documented, and we’ve seen firsthand how the time, talent and passions of employees can make a real difference for the causes they care about most.

This is a big step forward for VolunteerMatch, and we hope it will be the beginning of a new chapter that will reduce the fragmentation and friction that is frustrating the nonprofit sector’s capacity to effectively engage the time and talent of corporate volunteer programs, while at the same time growing the field of corporate engagement by giving customers more choices.

We are very proud that VolunteerMatch is the biggest fish in the volunteer engagement pond. But it is time for us to play an even bigger role in a much bigger pond, not as the biggest fish, but as a community builder bringing together the school of fish towards a common goal of serving the nonprofit sector with talented corporate volunteers.

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Causecast and VolunteerMatch Launch Groundbreaking Partnership

VolunteerMatch and Causecast announce groundbreaking partnershipWe’re excited to announce our partnership with Causecast, a giving and volunteering technology solution that helps companies reach the highest levels of employee engagement and social impact.

Check out the press release announcing the partnership below, and check back this week as we explain in more detail how this expands the reach of your nonprofit’s VolunteerMatch.org listings. 

Causecast and VolunteerMatch Launch Groundbreaking Partnership To Make the Most Comprehensive Volunteer Engagement Network Available to Corporate Employees

San Francisco – January 25, 2016 – Causecast, the most innovative platform for irresistible corporate giving and volunteering programs, and VolunteerMatch, the largest online volunteer engagement network, have launched a groundbreaking partnership to integrate VolunteerMatch functionality into the Causecast software — making thousands of locally relevant volunteer opportunities from over 100,000 nonprofits available to employees all over the world. By bringing VolunteerMatch opportunities into Causecast, companies of all sizes can further diversify their existing volunteer programs to feature volunteer opportunities sourced through VolunteerMatch, Causecast for Nonprofits, and company exclusive opportunities.

“We’re proud of this addition, which builds upon our firm belief in the critical role of cross-sector collaboration,” says Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast. “We are always seeking ways to make it easier for nonprofits to get access to the resources they need — and for companies to provide the full breadth and depth of their support.”

“As a nonprofit, we have a commitment to expand our social impact,” says Greg Baldwin, President, VolunteerMatch. “By opening up our network to great partners such as Causecast, we are making it easier for our 100,000+ nonprofits to find the talented volunteers they need.”

Causecast and VolunteerMatch have executed an agreement that makes the new functionality available to Causecast partners immediately. VolunteerMatch is a premium feature on the Causecast platform, and inclusion is optional and available at a low cost, based on the number of users. For more information or to request a demo, visit www.causecast.com/demo or www.volunteermatch.org.

About Causecast

Causecast is the leading cause engagement company for corporations, providing a one-stop modern employee engagement solution for companies of all sizes. Causecast is a true SaaS model that has revolutionized the way companies manage corporate volunteering, donations, matching, and cause campaigns ranging from disaster relief to competitive crowdfunding. The highly interactive, mobile, and social platform leverages social media and automation for sophisticated story capture and to facilitate a culture of giving back within the workplace.

Learn more about Causecast at www.causecast.com, and follow @Causecast.

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch believes everyone should have the chance to make a difference. As the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network, serving 100,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners and 13 million annual visitors, VolunteerMatch offers unique, award-winning solutions for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make this vision a reality. Since its launch in 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped the social sector attract more than $6.8 billion worth of volunteer services.

Learn more about VolunteerMatch at www.volunteermatch.org, and follow @VolunteerMatch.

Media Contacts:

Audrey Zigmond
Causecast
audrey@causecast.org

Bree von Faith
VolunteerMatch
news@volunteermatch.org